ERIC Number: EJ690234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 43
Perceived Barriers to Career Development in the Context of Social Cognitive Career Theory
Lindley, Lori D.
Journal of Career Assessment, v13 n3 p271-287 Aug 2005
Social cognitive career theory (SCCT) is a complex and extensively researched theory of career choice and performance. Relationships among several key variables of SCCT, including self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and perceived barriers, and their relationships to career choice were investigated. Contrary to prediction, outcome expectations for careers in several Holland themes were positively related to perceived career and educational barriers for women. Self-efficacy for careers in various Holland themes was more strongly associated with beliefs about coping with barriers for men than for women. In support of one of the major predictions of SCCT, high rates of correspondence were found between participants' career choices and their highest self-efficacy and outcome expectation scores. Explanations for unexpected findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Females, Career Choice, Careers, Career Development, Self Efficacy, Coping, Expectation, Social Cognition
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